US to Provide Israel with Modern Weapons to Face Possible War with Iran
Friday, 8 June, 2018 - 08:15
Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat
Security sources in Tel Aviv revealed the approval of US President Donald
Trump of a broad plan to strengthen the capabilities of the Israeli army, to
meet the “threat of a possible war with Iran.”
The plan includes increasing the number of US military units in Israel and
expanding them regularly, and strengthening Israel’s defense capability to
surpass Iranian ballistic missiles, the sources said.
In addition, Trump canceled a decision by former President Barack Obama to
block refueling planes from Israel. He even decided to reverse this decision
by supplying the Israeli Air Force with a large number of Boeing KC 46
refueling aircraft, which would enable the Israeli army to operate longer
and more flexibly, against targets far from Israel.
Israeli sources pointed out that Obama, at the time, refused to supply
Israel with an additional number of these aircraft, part of his policy to
reduce the Israeli military capabilities to attack Iran’s nuclear
The new Trump resolution was made in response to NATO’s well-known position,
expressed by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg last Saturday, in which he
said NATO would not help Israel if it came under Iranian attack, stressing
that the central objective was to achieve an international consensus on Iran’s
exit from Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in London on Thursday that
European countries “do not understand the new situation emerging in our
world because of the Iranian nuclear project”.
“If Iran tries to work toward a nuclear bomb, Israel will work to ensure
that Iran is not capable of acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said.